In all of the chaos of the Formula E School Series we nearly let the Staffordshire blog slip through the net, but here it is, better late than never of course.
On Thursday 25th June, the Staffordshire Goblins took place at the Stafford Activity centre, which was kindly lent to us for the day by Driveme.net and the event was again run by Kevin Ford - one of Greenpower's lomng standing ambassadors. This year we had twelve teams from seven local schools taking part.
Fourteen-year old Colfe’s School student Luke Ide became the first ever winner of the British Formula E School Series round in London’s Battersea Park.
Ide pulled off an audacious last-corner pass to emerge on top after a frantic and hugely entertaining battle with London Nautical School pupil, Harry Warren (13), which saw the pair trade places at the front for almost the whole 20-minute race.
The sea mist from the Goblin event the previous day had thankfully cleared, setting the F24 Newquay event up for a glorious sunny day. This year’s event had 20 cars filling up the grid, which is a record number of entries for F24 at the Newquay event.
The 9th Newquay Goblin event took place on Wednesday 17th June on a foggy – but dry, day at Newquay Airport. The event was supported and sponsored by the local Cornwall College, who not only had plenty of volunteers on site to help run the day they also ran their STEM marquee, which was filled with lots of hands on activities for the students to take part in throughout the event day.
The first southern F24 heat and round of the 2015 F24+ championship took place on Sunday 14th June at Goodwood motor circuit.
With a record number of entrants for the Goodwood heat, we had a busy grid of around 55 cars in F24. There was a mixture of local teams, teams from further afield, as well as a few new teams making their debut. We also invited Formula E School Series teams to use the Goodwood heat as a shakedown for their newly built Kit Cars, in anticipation of the Formula E School Series race at the London ePrix on 27th June.
Saturday 13th June was the second day of Greenpower at The Grampian Transport Museum, this time for the Goblin event. We welcomed 30 teams on the day, with a good mix of old and new teams taking part. The teams arrived keen as ever and we were overwhelmed by the number of portfolios handed in and the standard was very high. We were lucky to have volunteers from the event sponsor TAQA to judge them, which was no easy task! The eventual portfolio winner was Crathes school, but there were many in the running for the award.
Friday’s regional heat for IET Formula 24 saw 15 teams come together from around the north of Scotland to take part in two thrilling 90 minute races on the compact oval track at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
The event was supported by TAQA for the fourth year running, both in terms of supporting schools taking part and the event itself, in particular with an amazing team of volunteers who ensured a smooth running day.